When comic book enthusiast Chip Reece’s son Ollie was born with Down syndrome, he looked for a superhero story his son could look up to as he grew up. But after doing some research, there were few comic heroes with disabilities and none with Down syndrome. So the Kansas dad moved from comic book fan to comic creator and made one of his own.
“I wanted him to see a character with Down syndrome that didn’t let that restrict him, that he could still be whatever he wanted to be despite what other people might think were his limitations,” Reece explains. And that’s when he wrote “Metaphase.” The comic is about a young boy named Ollie who has Down syndrome and explores things Ollie Reece may face in real life.
Now that Ollie’s seven, he’s a fan of Metaphase, but he’s non-verbal and is just starting to recognize that he’s the character in the story. And his dad couldn’t be happier. “It was the first time he’d point to the character and then point to himself,” Reece says. It really felt like he was finally getting it. That’s what I wanted the whole time, a book he could see himself in.”